Magic City Magic:
My Birmingham Journey
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"Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails." Prov. 19:21
This August marked 6 years of my living in Birmingham and 9 in Alabama (including law school). If you had told my 14 year old self - or heck, even my 22 year old self - that I would settle 600+ miles from where I grew up, I would not have believed you. But here I am, living the life I was called to live in the Magic City.
I grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, a Texan through and through. I never imagined leaving my home state, but the pursuit of a career in sports television broadcasting took me to journalism school at Mizzou. Going out of state for college was hands-down the best thing I ever did as it forced me get outside of my comfort zone. I fell in love with Greek life, made some amazing friends, and gained independence. I eventually realized I didn't want to be a journalist, so I took my Journalism degree and went to law school.
My dad is from Alabama, so choosing UA was not random. Between the education and the people, I had an amazing experience at Alabama But even then - as a 1L 9 years ago - I thought I would eventually take my degree back to Texas for the start of "real" life. Then, at the start of my third year, I received a job offer from a firm in Birmingham, and the rest is history.
I have grown more, lived more, loved more, and experienced more in the last 6 years than I think I did in the first 25 of my life. I've learned about faith on new levels, come to understand love and friendship in amazing ways, and developed into the kind of person who would bare her soul to the internet universe in the hopes that someone reading it might be inspired.
Always keep yourself open to opportunities that take you outside of your comfort zone. Who knows, maybe you'll make magic!